What distinguishes this academic program from other colleges and universities?
Most colleges and universities do not offer a major in Neuroscience. Tulane's Neuroscience major allows students to pursue an interdepartmental curriculum that focuses on the nervous system and its role in regulating physiology and behavior, as well as providing research experiences in this field. The plan of study expands the knowledge base of students beyond that normally attainable in conventional majors and establishes an excellent foundation for future medical and graduate training.
Research and Scholarship
What are some research and scholarly activities that faculty and students are involved in?
Neuroscience majors pursue research in the University's Neuroscience laboratories as Independent Studies, Honors Theses, and summer employment. These experiences allow students to bring knowledge learned in the classroom into the actual research environment. Tulane undergraduates continue to play a vital role in the federally-funded research programs of Tulane neuroscientists. Their efforts have led to co-authorships on scientific publications and conference presentations.
Guidelines for contacting faculty about research positions can be found here.
Do students in this program have access to any significant facilities, technology, or equipment?
Tulane has a modern, multipurpose laboratory that is the centerpiece of undergraduate Neuroscience at Tulane. The purpose of the laboratory classroom is to allow students to utilize the most contemporary instrumentation in the field of Neuroscience guided by faculty members who are experts in the application of techniques related to their own research questions. In addition, undergraduates who work in the University's research laboratories have access to all the instrumentation and facilities used by faculty members in their research programs.
What type of internship programs are available for students in this field?
Majors work in research laboratories throughout the University, as well as in laboratories at the Tulane medical school. Service Learning allows students to work in hospitals, clinics, schools and other community settings to apply classroom knowledge to real-life experiences.
What do graduates of this program do after graduation?
The majority of students graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience have gone on to prestigious medical and graduate schools including Tulane University, Yale University, Cornell University, University of California, Baylor University, University of North Carolina. Tulane offers a 4+1 Program in Neuroscience in which students who receive a B.S. degree can obtain their M.S. degree during an additional year of study.